This post will be quite unlike my usual posts where I like to put my own spin on things, write out to my heart’s content all whilst making sure my language is exquisite. It’s my absolute favourite way to write, except I thought it was also a good idea to branch into different types of blog posts, and as you’ve probably already guessed this particular one will be a list style post.
Productivity is to many people, and myself included an ultimate state of being. If you’re productive, it means you’re getting things done, and if you’re getting done, you’re pretty much winning at life. In an ideal world who wouldn’t want that kind of life? Yet the universe has many other plans for us, it throws us curveballs whenever we get too comfortable and generally likes to screw things up from time to time, and we’re left to pick up the pieces. As a result, our productivity can become compromised, we end up dealing with a lot of emotions, both good and bad, and can falter from time to time.
Despite what you may think there are many ways, 10, in fact, that can help make being productive that little bit easier:
- Batch, batch and then batch some more. If you realise that over time you have similar tasks that need to be completed, group them together into a batch and tackle them in that way.
- Keep a Wins List every day. This doesn’t fall exactly in line with the whole idea of being productive, but what’s the harm in writing down the wins for the day and making yourself even more motivated?
- Play music, calm, soothing music. We all know that listening to our favourite songs can get us energised into working, but singing along won’t help with keeping focused, instead switch to calm instrumental music to keep your mind on the task at hand
- Keep an empty notebook or sheet of paper beside you. When we work, a million and one other things can pop up into our heads and distract us, if these are in fact important, write them down as they come to you so you’ll never forget.
- Once you’ve started a task, complete it before you move on. Whilst we may think doing several tasks at once is more efficient, it actually slows us down and keep us from finishing altogether.
- If there’s one task that you’ve been procrastinating for a while, write down the first step. From time to time, we all have that one dreaded task that appears in our planners week after week, that we just can’t seem to get done. To conquer this, simply write down the first step and before you know it, you’ll be on your way to completing it all.
- Figure out your optimal working hours. Keep a diary of when your energy levels and concentration is at it’s highest for a week, and from this work out whether you’re a night owl, a morning bird or somewhere in between, and plan your most important tasks for that period of time.
- Automate your life. If you have extra money spend it on delivering your groceries to your door and other similar tasks that will save you time from physically doing these things yourself.
- Prioritise. When looking at a list of tasks, make sure you know which ones are the most important and/or the most time-sensitive, and work from there.
- Wake up an hour earlier to work on your goals. If you have a certain dream to fulfil or a habit you want to work on, use this early morning time to get yourself ahead, you’ll thank yourself by the end of it.
And those are 10 things that will help if you decide to implement them, into making your lives much, much easier.
In line with my March 2018 Goals, one reminder that I want to give is that sometimes productivity, or being productive, can be destructive, especially if you don’t take the time to wind down and take care of yourself. Reaching your future goals may be important, but taking care of your present self both physically and mentally is more important.
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